Witcraft



Witcraft Astonishing enjoy its riches slowly, and savour every generous, erudite and undogmatic page Boyd Tonkin, Financial Times We English men have wits, wrote the clergyman Ralph Lever in 1573, and, we have also framed unto ourselves a language Witcraft is a fresh and brilliant history of how philosophy became established in English It presents a new form of philosophical storytelling and challenges what Jonathan R e calls the condescending smugness of traditional histories of philosophy R e tells the story of philosophy as it was lived and practised, embedded in its time and place, by men and women from many walks of life, engaged with the debates and culture of their age And, by focusing on the rich history of works in English, including translations, he shows them to be quite as colourful, diverse, inventive and cosmopolitan as their continental counterparts Witcraft offers new and compelling intellectual portraits not only of celebrated British and American philosophers, such as Hume, Emerson, Mill and James, but also of the remarkable philosophical work of literary authors, such as William Hazlitt and George Eliot, as well as a carnival of overlooked characters priests and poets, teachers, servants and crofters, thinking for themselves and reaching their own conclusions about religion, politics, art and everything else.The book adopts a novel structure, examining its subject at fifty year intervals from the sixteenth century to the twentieth Researched over decades and illuminated by quotations from extensive archival material, it is a book full of stories and personalities as well as ideas, and shows philosophy springing from the life around it Witcraft overturns the established orthodoxies of the history of philosophy, and celebrates the diversity, vitality and inventiveness of philosophical thought. Download Witcraft – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 768 pages
  • Witcraft
  • Jonathan Rée
  • 08 May 2018
  • 0713999330

10 thoughts on “Witcraft

  1. Richard Newton says:

    I very much enjoyed this massive, erudite book, which has been an on and off part of my life for several weeks now A huge undertaking of research, thinking and writing I am somewhat in awe of the author The book is quite hard to categorise It is about philosophy as a subject, but it is not philosophy book yet it includes some very clear explanations of some philosophical ideas It is not just a history of ideas yet it contains a lot that would be considered as history of ideas It is not a I very much enjoyed this massive, erudite book, which has been an on and off part of my life for several weeks now A huge undertaking of research, thinking and writing I am somewhat in awe of the author The book is quite hard to categorise It is about philosophy as a subject, but it is not philosophy book yet it includes some very clear explanations of some philosophical ideas It is not just a history of ideas yet it contains a lot that would be considered as history of ideas It is not a biography, but contains some wonderful biographical descriptions of philosophers, particularly Wittgenstein in the last chapter It is mostly a history of how philosophy as a subject developed in English speaking countries Well really the UK and the USA At times I thought the book was wonderfu...

  2. Viral says:

    Thanks to Yale University Press for the Sample Chapter ARC at BEA 2019 I will preface this review by noting that I received only a sample selection of this book, which included only the first 468 of the total 768 pages of the book The Table of Contents revealed that the actual book ends at page 615, after which are the in text citations for the book That means I am missing about 150 pages of argument and analysis, as well as the entire references Therefore, I cannot verify the academic claims Thanks to Yale University Press for the Sample Chapter ARC at BEA 2019 I will preface this review by noting that I received only a sample selection of this book, which included only the first 468 of the total 768 pages of the book The Table of Contents revealed that the actual book ends at page 615, after which are the in text citations for the book That means I am missing about 150 pages of argument and analysis, as well as the entire references Therefore, I cannot verify the academic claims of the book against its sources, nor do I have the full content of the book I will be judging it based on the arguments and analysis provided in the sections I received, which I believe stand strong enough to be able to pass general judgement on the whole book.Ree makes an insightful point that the history of philosophy until now has been dry and weak, focusing...

  3. Rachel says:

    Sometime in my adolescence I read Sophie s World, which really is as good an introductory primer to the history of Western philosophy as any At least, for me, it gave me the grounding for the timeline and Big Basic Thoughts that I ve been working off ever since In my last year of school I went to an open day in UCC and attended a lecture on philosophy as part of the Arts curriculum I still remember the panache of the lecturer, and thinking how lovely it would be to study something so interest Sometime in my adolescence I read Sophie s World, which really is as good an introductory primer to the history of Western philosophy as any At least, for me, it gave me the grounding for the timeline and Big Basic Thoughts that I ve been working off ever since In my last year of school I went to an open day in UCC and attended a lecture on philosophy as part of the Arts curriculum I still remember the panache of the lecturer, and thinking how lovely it would be to study something so interesting.Reading this book reminded me of that, not alone because I went on to spend five years of undergrad and ten years of postgrad studying a subject I did NOT find interesting, but because there s so few women in it Not for want of Rees trying, mind you I m not trying to excoriate him There s a whole section in which Mary Ann Evans George Eliot is the lynchpin figure He brings in WAGS as much as possible, plus the opinions of female students and bit players The fac...

  4. Nate Krenkel says:

    fuck yes

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